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Prison sentences handed down for 4 Missouri men arrested in July dogfighting raid

December 9, 2009 |  7:04 pm

Pit bull puppies

Four Missouri men have received prison sentences for federal crimes involving dogfighting.

The convictions resulted from the largest coordinated multistate raids on dogfighting in U.S. history.

Fifty-year-old Teddy Kiriakidis of Leasburg and 34-year-old Ronald Creach of Leslie were sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison. Thirty-eight-year-old Michael Morgan of Hannibal and 56-year-old Robert Hackman of Foley were sentenced to one year in prison.

Each man pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Hackman and Morgan also pleaded guilty to selling animals for fighting.

In July, federal agents arrested 26 people and seized more than 500 dogs in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas.

-- Associated Press

Photo: Pit bull puppies at an emergency shelter that has been housing hundreds of dogs seized during the July dogfighting raids.  Credit: Jeff Roberson / Associated Press

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